brucine (broo'-seen), 1) n. Pharm., Chem. a bitter, poisonous alkaloid, C23H26N2O4, obtained from the nux vomica tree; 2) n. Bruce Bortin's 'low-impact' weblog

Friday, September 30, 2005

Ear's Looking at You

Ear's Looking at You, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

First photo from first phonecam:
Oh look. I've taken a picture of me ear!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Gavel Klonk

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Hiya, folks!

Well, today I'm working on a website for some lawyers, and what I want to do with the major links on the homepage; they have gavel rollovers already,Gavel but I also want to make them go "KLONK" when you click on them. So this afternoon, I went around the kitchen using the back of my cleaver on various pots and pans and whatnot to make percussive sounds that I thought might work. I used my video camera to record the sounds. The last four "KLONKs" in this video are the ones that I'll be using.

NB; I'm attaching a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license to this piece, so if you happen to need any klonk sounds for rollover gavels or anything else whatsoever, hey, by all means use these until your little heart's content. With my blessings.


Lynne-Rachel at Lunch

Lynne-Rachel at Lunch, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Got dybbuk?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

West Oakland Astral Projection

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For the past year or so, whenever I'm reading a book, I'll flash on this neighborhood in West Oakland that I used to frequent, but seldom get to in my present life. I'm working on putting together a video that captures this feeling. This piece is a short sketch that I whipped together today.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


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Old hepcats reminiscing about Milwaukee in the 60's. And a call to action. This all took place on location at the East Bay Media Center in Berkeley.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Acme Beauty Supply

Acme Beauty Supply, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

At 11th & Harrison

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Seeping Red Gel

Seeping Red Gel, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

On the interior surface of a nicely tricked-out jeep. As decoration.

Saturday, September 24, 2005


Pelt, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Table decoration at the New Eritrea Restaurant in San Francisco

Video Peripatetic

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See how the light glints off your videographer's gleaming pate!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Great. But it means squat if Von Trier still has the negatives.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Ms Holmes

In her shop on 12th St. I stopped by to thank her for the haircut today, and to tell her that I was getting the bump removed, and she was just so glad.


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Bruce sings a little song.

Friday, September 16, 2005


Cyst--Before, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Ms Holmes is my barber. Has been for years. She cut my hair yesterday, and whenever I get a haircut, the cyst on the side of my head becomes much more visible.

So as it turns out, today I had to go see Dr Stumpf (my internist at Kaiser) about my blood-sugar levels. But when he saw what was growing out my head, he requisitioned a lumpectomy.

I've had this bump on my head for as long as I can remember. Never did a thing for me. I'll be glad when it's gone. Thanks, Ms Holmes! Thanks, Dr Stumpf!


Cyst, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

I've got to give Ms Holmes a bonus.


Underpants, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Outside our west-facing windows. Just filling out a theme here.


Underpants, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

In the hallway that leads to our apartment. That hallway also leads to the laundry room, so occasionally somone will lose something and it stays where it dropped until the person who lost it, or Eddis, picks it up. So these bloomers and a single black sock turned up the other day. Alright. No mystery there.

Then, yesterday, the underpants were gone, but the sock remained. I'm having a hard time seeing that scenario.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Instant Asshole

Instant Asshole, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Oakland, CA
14th St between Webster & Harrison

Just add H20

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Rally for the people of New Orleans

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Powell at Market St, San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, September 7th, 5pm 

Stocking Up

Stocking Up, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

I'm not counting on this year's crop coming in.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bicycle Repair

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Everything's falling apart.  My video camera's got the heebie-jeebies, my F:\ drive has gone Alzheimers, and my bike has the arthritis of the crank and is throwing spokes right and left.

So today I took my bike to the shop where I bought it. Bay Area Bikes. They were excellent; fixed it all up, free of charge. While they worked on it, I had the opportunity to have a contemplative burrito and put my problems in perspective.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

I Hate Albertsons

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I don't know why I hate Albertsons, but I do. Going there always makes me feel like a chump. Maybe that has something to do with why I dislike it so.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Brucine business card

Brucine business card, originally uploaded by dumbeast.

Something that I can hand to people who have allowed me to video them. So they can go there (come here) and see themselves.

Okay okay okay. It doesn't look so hot on this page, but that's because I used the colors from the blog to make the card. Honestly, on any other background, it looks like something, anyway.

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